THIS WEEK'S INSTALMENT
‘Then I suppose it would be real,’ said Alice.
‘Either that or I hadn’t pinched myself hard enough,’ she added.
‘So really, you would only know for certain whether it was a dream or not, if and when you woke up?’ said the Rabbit.
‘Yes,’ said Alice. ‘That’s not very helpful, is it?’
‘No, it isn’t,’ agreed the Rabbit. ‘You either have to stop dreaming it to know that it was a dream or you keep experiencing it without knowing whether it is real or not.’
He crunched on the carrot again.
After a few minutes he said, ‘For my part, I feel perfectly real. What about you?’
‘Well, I feel as if strange things are happening to me,’ said Alice. ‘Does that make it a dream?’
‘Possibly,’ said the Rabbit, rubbing his whiskers. ‘Do strange things ever happen to you when you know that you aren’t dreaming?’
‘I don’t know,’ said Alice, sadly. ‘If I can remember something strange happening to me in the past then how do I know that I didn’t dream that as well?’
‘Or even whether you are still dreaming it?’ agreed the Rabbit.
‘And if I can’t remember strange things happening to me in the past,’ Alice ventured, ‘then maybe I only dreamed that the strange things didn’t happen.’
They both fell silent for a while, lost in their respective thoughts.
After a while, the Rabbit stood up and started brushing the dried grass off his clothing.
‘Well, it has been delightful chatting with ...